Vessel Safety Check  (VSC)


The VSC Program helps to achieve voluntary compliance with federal and state recreational boating safety laws, particularly with regard to the carriage of safety equipment while raising boater awareness about safety and environmental issues through voluntary contact by a Vessel Examiner (VE). VE discussions with recreational boaters is designed to motivate maintaining and operating their boats in a safe manner, taking boating safety courses to increase their knowledge and skills in boating, and promoting safe boating. 

 Have you had your boat inspected to know that it meets the Coast Guard  safety equipment requirements.  If not,  members of  the  Peace River Sail and Power Squadron in a joint program with the Coast Guard Auxiliary will come to your boat and check it for you free of charge,  If your boat meets the requirements you will be given a decal showing a satisfactory inspection. 

For a free vessel safety check in the Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte area, call 941 637-0766 to schedule one of our certified examiners to come to your boat or email to




                                 PRSPS Vessel Examiners

                                 P/Lt/C  Dennis Barko, JN

                                Lt George bingley, S

                                P/C Betty Campenella, SN

                                P/R/C Richard Daybell, SN

                                Hollis Dick, AP

                                Daniel Hartwig, P

                                Diane Hartwig, P

                                 P/C Galen Price, SN

                                 P/C Greg Robins, SN

                                 Lt/C Gregory Wise, SN




 If your boat does not pass the inspection you will be informed what to do and can be given the decal when the discrepancy is corrected.  For detailed information about this very worth while safety program and what items are  included in the inspection, see the Vessel Safety Check web site. It is highly recommended that you use the check list to pre- inspect your boat for compliance. 

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